For Release: March 21, 2019
Wesleyan University to Move 90 Full-Time Employees to Main Street
Move expands on University’s investment in downtown Middletown
Middletown, Conn.—Wesleyan University recently purchased 291 Main St., Middletown, from Liberty Bank, to house its finance and alumni relations offices.
Approximately 90 full-time administrative staff will move into the building this summer. The move is part of the University’s strategic facilities plan, which includes major renovation of academic buildings over the coming years.
Information will be forthcoming about a ribbon cutting and meet-and-greet event for the local community in the summer.
Nearly two years after opening the new Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore and grown café at 413 Main St., the University is continuing to build on its investment in the downtown area. Wesleyan has been a founding sponsor for the Middletown Entrepreneurs Work Space (MEWS+), a co-working space for entrepreneurs, which opened on Main St. above the Chamber of Commerce in June 2018. President Roth has said he views MEWS+ as a means of both invigorating regional entrepreneurship, and contributing to a larger goal of keeping Wesleyan students in the area after they graduate.
Currently, Wesleyan is also working with the City of Middletown and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the City’s first Pride celebration, to be held this summer. This continues a trend over the past several years of the University making a concerted effort to develop events and programs jointly with the City and local community organizations. Other examples include an annual Veterans Day celebration on campus, enhanced community partnerships through Wesleyan’s Jewett Center, and increased marketing to the community of arts, athletic, academic, and other programming on campus.
“We are pleased to continue investing in the cultural vibrancy and economic success of our shared community in Middletown,” said Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth.